George Westerman

Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management

Principal Research Scientist, Workforce Learning,
MIT Jameel World Education Lab


George Westerman

Dr. George Westerman works at the dynamic intersection of executive leadership and technology strategy.  During more than 17 years with MIT Sloan School of Management, he has written three award-winning books, including Leading Digital: Turning Technology Into Business Transformation. As a pioneering researcher on digital transformation, George has published papers in Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, and other top journals.  He is now focused on helping employers, educators, and other groups to rethink the process of workforce learning around the world.

George is co-chair of the MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Awards, a member of the Digital Strategy Roundtable for the US Library of Congress, and faculty director for two executive courses at MIT Sloan. He works frequently with senior management teams and industry groups around the world. Prior to earning a Doctorate from Harvard Business School, he gained more than 13 years of experience in product development and technology leadership roles. 

Faculty Media

  • Digital Transformation: What CIOs Have Learned About Culture In the Last 9 Months

    One lesson that has emerged in the pandemic: Organizations with the right culture and technology have quickly adapted when needed. Digital transformation success requires speed and trust – and that...

  • Digital Transformation: 3 Steps to Build A Digital-Ready Culture

    Traditional companies don't have to build cultures identical to digital-born darlings: But they must be digital enough to foster success. Leaders can take three steps to build a digital-ready culture

  • What Is Digital Transformation?

    Digital transformation is a foundational change in how an organization delivers value to its customers. Here is what transformation entails, along with tips to ensure your company is on the correct...

  • 3 Ways CLOs Can Drive Change Amid A Pandemic

    Development and learning is evolving from a training role to a transformational one. Chief learning officers should strive to be what one MIT Sloan expert calls a “transformer CLO.”

  • [Innovation@Work Webinar] The Transformer CLO: The Right Model for Today's Challenging Times

    Smart leaders are now moving from crisis mode to reshaping their businesses for a COVID-influenced environment. As these companies adapt to new ways of work, their workforces will need to learn...

  • From Trainer to Transformer

    How we learn in companies is changing fundamentally. Successful chief learning officers reinvent their role: they break with old structures and the presence culture. They redefine continuing...

  • Robotics Move Beyond Warehouses To Stores And The Last Mile

    George Westerman discusses how robots aren't a threat to retail jobs, but rather transforming the retail process.

  • Building Digital-Ready Culture in Traditional Organizations

    Getting your company into digital shape doesn’t mean dumping everything that has made it strong.

  • 5 Digital Insights from MIT Sloan Management Review

    Digital transformation is as much about mindset as it is about technology. Here’s how to seize opportunity while avoiding the ‘digital dark side.’

  • The First Law of Digital Innovation

    In this article George Westerman discusses why digital transformation is more of a leadership challenge than a technical one.


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The Transformer CLO

Smart leaders are now moving from crisis mode to reshaping their businesses for a COVID-influenced environment. As these companies adapt to new ways of work, their workforces will need to learn differently, too. It’s time for leaders of learning and development (L&D) to step up to the challenge.

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